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Comic Mike Birbiglia On His Best Failure And The 3 Rules Of Improv

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:17pm

Birbiglia says the failure of his sitcom pilot is the best thing that could have happened to him, artistically. His new film, Don't Think Twice, tells the story of an improv comedy group.

QUIZ: How Much Do You Know About War And Food?

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 1:08pm

Weapons have always been a central part of warfare. But humans have turned to another source of power as well: food. Take our quiz to test your knowledge about war and food.

Complex Stories Snap Together In 'This Must Be The Place'

Tue, 07/19/2016 - 6:00am

Maggie O'Farrell's novel jumps between multiple storylines, points of view, times and places to tell the story of an American professor who meets a reclusive French actress on a lonely Irish road.

'Aliens' Turns 30: Celebrating The Iconic Sci-Fi Sequel

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 5:06pm

NPR's Audie Cornish interviews NPR contributor and critic Chris Klimek about the Aliens sequel and the 30th anniversary of the film.

'Zero Days' Documentary Exposes A Looming Threat Of The Digital Age

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Filmmaker Alex Gibney's new documentary focuses on the large-scale implications of computer malware. Critic John Powers calls Zero Days an important — and chilling — film.

Novelist Grapples With The Conflicted Feelings Of Caring For Aging Parents

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 12:32pm

Author Cathleen Schine says that living far away from an elderly parent can create feelings of guilt as well as those of relief. Her darkly comic new novel is They May Not Mean To, But They Do.

Give Chickpeas A Chance: Why Hummus Unites, And Divides, The Mideast

Mon, 07/18/2016 - 3:51am

Nothing is simple in Mideast relations. Not even hummus. Lebanon, Israel and Palestinians are entangled over who owns the dish. Not even the title of world's largest hummus platter settled the matter.

In 'The Fixers,' A Glimpse Of Cleveland That Goes Deeper Than The Guide Book

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 4:06pm

Kate Spoko created a documentary series called The Fixers. In it, she asks Clevelanders what tour of the city they would give to Republican National Convention delegates.

Why Does Cynthia Ozick Write? 'I Simply Must,' She Says

Sun, 07/17/2016 - 7:26am

The versatile author says that, like queens, writers are born into their profession. In her new book, Critics, Monsters, Fanatics, and Other Literary Essays, she examines current and past literature.

Not My Job: We Quiz The Secretary Of Urban Development On Urban Dictionary

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 10:01am

Julián Castro went from being the youngest member of San Antonio's city council, to mayor of San Antonio, to U.S. Secretary of Housing and Urban Development.

Recommended Reads To Prepare You For The Conventions

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

The Republican convention begins on Monday, and the Democrats get their turn the following week. Writer Thomas Mallon gives Linda Wertheimer a reading list to prepare for the conventions.

'Missing, Presumed' Chronicles Ups And Downs Of Dating ... And Detective Work

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:28am

At the beginning of Susie Steiner's new thriller, a detective is on a date with a man whose name she can't remember. Not long after, a well-connected university student goes missing.

'Stars' Is A Sequel That Goes A Bit Askew

Sat, 07/16/2016 - 7:00am

In The Stars Askew, Rjurik Davidson returns to the world of Caeli-Amur, now trying to put itself back together after a revolution. But the story bogs down in plural narratives and political minutiae.

Poets Take Cues From Journalism In Recent Collections

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 3:35pm

NPR's Ari Shapiro talks with our poetry reviewer Tess Taylor about three recent collections that take their cues from nonfiction, including Admit One by Martha Collins, Look by Solmaz Sharif and Olio by Tyehimba Jess.

Despite Its Charm, 'Ghostbusters' Remake Comes Up Short On Laughs

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 2:39pm

Paul Feig's remake of the 1984 hit stars four actresses as the ghostbusters. Critic David Edelstein says while the concept for the movie is solid, the film itself "has no satirical ideas of its own."

When You're A Nomad, You Need Portable Art

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:20am

A new exhibit at the Baltimore Museum of Art shows how the Maasai and other cultures transform bowls, belts and shields into objects of beauty.

Where Does Consciousness Come From?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Philosopher John Searle argues that consciousness is what makes us human. He makes the case for studying consciousness and accepting it as a biological phenomenon.

Are You Ready To Take The 'Human' Test?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

If you've ever wondered: Am I human? — humorist Ze Frank offers an idiosyncratic quiz that can help provide the answer.

How Do Nature And Nurture Combine To Make Us Who We Are?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Psychologist Steven Pinker describes how far we've come in understanding how both nature and nurture make us ... us.

How Will 'Cut And Paste' Technology Rewrite Our DNA?

Fri, 07/15/2016 - 9:00am

Biochemist Sam Sternberg describes how recent developments in gene editing technology may help end many diseases and even control our own evolution.




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